2010… think it’s time to take stock


Claire and the children How's 2010 for you? It's strange isn't it that we create such excitement as we move into each year, yet I wonder does that make for disappointment when we quickly realise that it's actually rather similar to the last! Anyway, I hope that you are using the start of 2010 to embrace change, regain positivity and have a good old cleanse and clear approach. who am I trying to kid? It's MAYHEM this end!!

Actually if I'm honest, I have actioned a few little plans, one of which involved QVC… as a result I'm hoping to see more of you with more shows and more varied time slots fingers crossed.

When I looked back through my diaries of last year and the year before, which I do often, I love seeing what I did on that day that year…is that odd? It's interesting to see what was filling my life then and if it indeed still is. Anyway, I came to the conclusion variety is the spice of life, not a rule I apply to you Dan, just in case you read this and think I'm planning running off with anyone! So a New Year is a perfect time to review and take stock.

Another house move…

Joe and Tom knocking down a wall Talking of taking stock, the move into a rental house the other week totally kick started a stock take with Dan holding up my coats (ok yes there are rather a few.), and stating which could and couldn't be kept! Cheeky boy… anyway, there are no rails, hooks, cupboards AT ALL in the house, not to mention wardrobes, so the normally 'out of sight out of mind' rule has abruptly ended.

The charity shop, local clothes bank, friends and relations are all fully loaded and my portable clothes rails are slightly less liable to collapse (only slightly!). Six months here and then hopefully our home (currently looking like a dolls house with its side removed) will be home once again. The children are dealing well with all the upheaval, better than Mummy I think!

The rest of the family is coping well

Claire's house in its current state The girls are on site still, so to speak, and whilst not laying much they seem very content, certainly now the snow has melted, though more on it's way I hear YUK! Twinkle is super fine and delicious, enjoying all the coming and goings here with us and Mungo is currently enjoying a week up the road with Nanny so she's in dog heaven and a more sensible place for her with all the commotion – we can't wait to have her here though and be all complete.

We took a few pictures to show and since taking these most of my internal walls have also been bashed out, aaaaargh! It is so thrilling that at last it's happening, but scary too, not to mention costly. In fact, the reality of returning to a completed house is SO not going to happen but slowly and surely we'll get there. Lets hope the end result will be worth it! And we won't have made any silly mistakes…. I shall bore you rigid I'm sure with all our goings on, hope that's ok?  

Oh and I'm working on my make-up blog, just trying to look a tad better before I bare all, facially! Vanity huh?!

Loads of love to you all and write back to me so we can chat.
Claire xxxxxx


  1. Lorraine January 20, 2010 at 3:23 pm -  Reply

    Lovely Claire, Glad you got to blog at last. I know you have been busy with moving etc but I missed your blogs….
    So glad things are going in the right direction and I would LOVE to see more of you on QVC.
    Take care and I hope Dan and the children (not forgetting the pets) are well.
    Lorraine xx

  2. David Morris January 20, 2010 at 4:44 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire,
    Happy new year, hope you are well. Could it be you are looking even more gorgeous this year!! Love the different ways you have done your hair on different programmes, very nice. Heard you say something about valentines cards, but then you must get loads surely?? Might send you an ordinary card with a poem in based on the title of this thread (Pussycatdoll etc) if thats ok?
    David (the cheeky one!!)
    ps. If you see this message here first, no need to respond on the other thread.

  3. Diane January 20, 2010 at 8:52 pm -  Reply

    Oh you poor thing… it will all be worth it in the end! We rented a house whilst our Barn was being converted, 1 year turned into 6, which was no mean feat with our three girls all living in what felt like a shoebox, but now we have the home of our dreams, so stick with it!
    The children don’t look too phased by the whole experience, it’s a bit of an adventure for them isn’t it.
    Amy is continuing to do well at college, she has just returned after a lovely winter holiday with us in Florida & the Carribbean, I made the mistake of calling in to her during the week, with her sisters, she was so pleased to see us, but looked a bit lost when she was waving goodbye, and continuing to wave goodbye even though I’m sure she couldn’t see us anymore! We are looking forward to her coming home at the weekend, I still miss her terribly, but she is so happy and gaining an awful lot.
    Looking forward to your makeup blog Claire, I’m a big fan of Bobby Brown, will you be using any of that?
    Wishing you luck with your project, Happy New Year to you all.
    Diane xx

  4. Judy January 21, 2010 at 12:53 am -  Reply

    You are brave or mad or both !!
    We went into a rented flat for 6 months while we were “between houses ” as it were. Had to sell the big house and downsize for financial reasons beyond our control. It was very small with no storage but nice enough. Luckily we were just 3 adults who like each other a lot so we managed. But the joy of finally getting our own house was immense. My daughter and I moved in the day we got the keys, even though there was a lot of work to be done. That’s a whole other story – I shan’t talk about the year on site with work going on all around me. I just don’t ever make tea anymore, the place was awash with it.
    Anyway, I’m sure the children think it’s all a great adventure and if you think ” this too will pass ” it will be alright. You have such a sunny personality that I’m sure you will get through it and have a lovely house to call home before very long.

  5. Claire Sutton January 21, 2010 at 11:31 am -  Reply

    What joy to have your responses. I always worry you all may give up on me – I’m so sparse with my blogs, so to see you hadn’t is FAB! Even Debbie Greenwood’s been gently nagging me!
    But yes full on, a dongle thing in my net book as of yesterday has allowed me the internet again, though a dodgy mobile service is a little worrying as it’s my only phone line for now.
    Thank you for your message Lorraine and actually we are rather worried about our beautiful Mungo, we think she may have had a stroke. I can’t bear it, so am praying she will be ok. I took the children up to see her after school and she was hugely perkier, so all is crossed. See you on air at 8 and 10 tonight!
    Lots of love Claire xx

  6. Claire Sutton January 21, 2010 at 11:33 am -  Reply

    David, you lovely flatterer, if there is such a word!! And, yes a poem would be super to receive. I shall wait with bated breath!
    Lots of love Claire xx

  7. Claire Sutton January 21, 2010 at 11:36 am -  Reply

    Lovely to hear from you, and oh my word the tea business… I couldn’t face another cup and through the mugs the removal guys had had copious amounts in away! So, I’m with you on that one.
    Children at school so an attempt to tidy round and find homes for things, a constant difficulty as you agree no storage is too tricky. It’s funny, my house my car and my dressing room all are a state, that can’t be good can it?! Still the progress on the house and the relief we DID move out is making it easier to cope. Plus, the bonus of a shower in the rented house makes it easier to say…I’m off to wash my hair!! Speak again soon, with love Claire xx

  8. Claire Sutton January 21, 2010 at 11:37 am -  Reply

    Lovely hearing from you. I’m so envious that you and the girls enjoyed the Caribbean and Florida. With things as they are I can’t imagine ever having a holiday!!! So jolly well enjoy them for me!!
    I have a picture of Amy waving in my mind now – oh so hard but I still think fabulous for her and seeing all she’s getting out of being there must balance the emotional times a little for you.
    Not so delighted to read 1 year turned into 6. However, I can completely comprehend that and still hoping to find the elusive pot at the end of the rainbow to help us out!
    Just popped in to the house and it transpires more walls are coming down after my conversation with the builders…I hope to goodness it’s not windy else the house might BLOW over!!! AAAAAARGH!
    Anyway off to QVC shortly, hopefully see you then!
    Lots of love Claire xx

  9. Kristina Moore January 21, 2010 at 7:35 pm -  Reply

    Hello Claire, how can you think that any viewers would give up on someone who isn’t blogging because they are so busy elsewhere. (And that goes for other presenters who are busy with other things too.) You will get through your house being remodeled honest. It will be slower than you want it to be but it will get done and be lovely and clean and super for all of you. And, above all, you will be glad you did it. Rather do it than sit and not and regret not doing it. (Does that last bit make sense?)
    We have a house full of wardrobes and I still don’t have enough space for my stuff. Oh what it is to be a collector!
    Hugs to all of you and it will be fine (I hope that goes for Mungo please give her pats from me)
    Tina X

  10. Maria Lawton January 21, 2010 at 11:07 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire,
    I love, love, love the dress that you are wearing on your hour with Centigrade (and Glen) 10-12.00 21/01/10, is it a QVC one, or could you tell me where it is from.
    You look fab in it.
    Good luck with the house.

  11. sylvia January 22, 2010 at 11:42 am -  Reply

    Hi Claire
    I have definately missed your blogs.I knew you were busy with your house renovations,but after seeing your picture of your house you werent joking when you said there was a lot of work to do.Never mind Claire just think of the beautiful results you will have when its finished and you will at long last get your chandelier up. All good things come to those who wait. Anyway I hope You and All your Family have a Happy and Healthy 2010. x

  12. mandy.nicholls@scottwilson.com January 22, 2010 at 2:34 pm -  Reply

    Hi Clare
    I have been waiting for your update so glad its finally arrived (only joking I know you have been soooo busy!)
    We to renovated our house when the children were little we had the luck to move in with my parents for 6 month. I love them totally but after 6 months you just want your life back, but is was soo totally worth the wait.
    Good luck with everything and I, like so many others, will be only to pleased to see more of you on our screens.
    Love Mandy x

  13. Keith January 23, 2010 at 1:43 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire,
    That is wonderful news that you are getting more shows! I don’t get to watch very often so now there is even more chance that I’ll get to see you. You always look stunning and brighten my day.
    Best of luck with all your endeavours for the year. I’m sure everything will work out perfectly for you! I realise how busy you are so it’s delightful that you still pop back to back to keep us up to date! It’s always lovely to get a reply too! 😉
    Keep smiling!!
    Cheers, K.

  14. claire sutton January 23, 2010 at 8:56 pm -  Reply

    Tina, Bless you, and Thankyou for the reassurance!! and I totally get the Don`t sit and not do and then regret not doing bit!!!!!makes utter sense to me, I tell you though if this week`s work at the house is anything to go by, those builders will win medals! Mungo is a fabulous girl and we`re SO delighted its as if nothing happened…though I understand it will probably the beginning of more to come, we are just so greatful for now. I ll keep you posted, But Thankyou Tina,
    I know you hate the summer, so tell me are you happy it`s freezing!!!
    Love Claire xx

  15. claire sutton January 23, 2010 at 8:58 pm -  Reply

    Maria, Thankyou, Its a Principles dress, the first I bought from there but so lovely and comfy and a great shape. It was last year though , but worth a look!
    Lots of love, Claire x

  16. claire sutton January 23, 2010 at 9:06 pm -  Reply

    Hello, and yes its rather major isn’t it?! You should see the pics i took this afternoon…trouble with all the removal of walls is that all boundries are removed so all the plans for this here and that there keep being questioned!!! I’ve now lost an ensuite which I need to rehouse, and gained another staircase……!!!
    Alongside the chandelier are now loos, baths, heated towel rails and sinks, a tad more vital I know, but we both know what is wrapped and protected most!!! Trying to pick up odd things as and when so that when the monies are gone at least we’ve some necessary bits stored ready.
    Speak soon Sylvia xx

  17. claire sutton January 23, 2010 at 9:12 pm -  Reply

    Hi Mandy, just off to prepare for gail hayman so checked to see all your lovely comments, Thankyou so much and I appreciate the ….It’ll be totally worth the wait….It’s reassuring to know others have trodden before me, if you understand!
    I moved back with my mummy one time for about 3 months, between flats. It was hard because we were 2 adults used to our own habits, timings etc, mind you I was SO greatful to have been able to, so I do understand those 6 months you had, mind you the added cost of renting is just toooooo much!
    Any way must pop down and meet Sam and prepare for the show at 10 pm, so Take Care and lots of love Claire xxx

  18. Maria Johnson January 25, 2010 at 4:14 am -  Reply

    Hi Claire, I think you are remarkably brave to be renovating your home and coping in rented accommodation with young children and pets to boot!!! You deserve a medal. What is it with us women and coats, like you I have far too many but feel I need all of them and indeed I manage to wear them all in rotation. My hubby is always moaning about the vast amounts of clothes shoes and handbags I have and yet still require more. Since finding QVC I think I also may have to move out whilst I have the house extended!!!! Since my oldest lad moved out ten years ago I have comandeered his old room as a dressing room and still I have not enough room!!!!
    My problem is I cannot throw anything away. I try to but end up putting it all back. I am a terrible hoarder and I do love clothes, clothes and more clothes and all the accessories to boot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I love watching you on TV and am glad that you plan to be on screen more often. Best wishes Maria xxx

  19. Kristina Moore January 25, 2010 at 7:36 pm -  Reply

    Hello Claire, I am absolutely DELIGHTED it’s freezing! I cannot get on with hot weather at all. At least this weather you can turn your own temperature up and down by either adding or taking off tops. Although I would like warmer feet (see Ali Keenan’s blog) and so if she does invent the insoles I will be buying some!
    Keep going girl – it will all be marvelous!
    Hugs to all and pats to Mungo
    PS I hope Twinkle has stopped using humans as scratching posts.

  20. claire sutton January 27, 2010 at 2:44 pm -  Reply

    Hi there, do you know she has!! mostly, she’s adorable and feisty mode has def lessoned! Have you tried emu’s, I have toasty toes!! but anything miss ali invents, I’d buy cos she’s fabulouso!
    Lots of love Claire xx

  21. claire sutton January 27, 2010 at 2:48 pm -  Reply

    At least by tidying and thinking about sorting and lessening you fall in love and remind yourself of what you have. I must admit to feeling really weird and sad when I saw one of my coats that ended up at the charity shop being worn in my school playground….AAAARGH had to refrain from getting it back!!!!
    Lovely hearing from you, lots of love Claire xx

  22. claire sutton January 27, 2010 at 2:50 pm -  Reply

    how lovely of you, and Thankyou… What with Maddie in school now I thought I could manage a little more….
    Love for now xxx

  23. Kristina Moore January 27, 2010 at 7:15 pm -  Reply

    I shall have to go and investigate. I can’t afford Emus. I have a limited income (can’t work because of the ME/CFS) and have a passion for stones, silver jewellery and bears! Doesn’t help that I buy it to cheer myself up. At least two pairs of socks is cheaper.
    Have a great week Claire and love to Dan, Tom, Joe and Maddie and all animals.

  24. Sue Bryson January 28, 2010 at 8:38 am -  Reply

    Hi Claire, You are my favourite presenter,you are so bubbly, you cheer me up just watching you, You have a lovely little family, Make the most of them before they grow up, Your house will be finished before you know it and this time will seem like a bad dream,
    Keep smiling…
    Best Wishes Sue

  25. claire sutton January 28, 2010 at 1:35 pm -  Reply

    Thankyou so much, it’s always a lovely treat to hear such kind words, I really appreciate it. I know what you mean about them growing up….it’s moving soooo fast and we’re trying extra hard to make sure we are together and having family fun as much as we can,
    Have a lovely day,
    love Claire xx

  26. Mary January 28, 2010 at 8:30 pm -  Reply

    Crikey Claire you have been busy, don’t do things by halves do you? What a fantastic exciting time for you, the light must be at the end of the tunnel. I have missed your blogs but glad to hear all the family are ok. My son is going on his first skiing trip at half term ( he is in year 7) and although I shall be worried sick I am glad he is able to have this experience. He is going to Innsbruck in Austria and I have strict instructions from him to let his dad take him to school the day he leaves as he does not want to be embarrassed by a blubbering wreck. It’s a really big deal for me; he has been camping in junior school but he was only away for 4 nights and only 2 hours away. This seems like he may as well be in Australia! It will however give me the chance to decorate his room and Chloe’s for that matter but its just a paint job and no wall removal! Keep well, much love Mary x

  27. David Morris January 31, 2010 at 1:06 pm -  Reply

    Hello Claire,
    Hope/Glad you liked the poem. Thought you did well with the exercizez on monday. Hope the house renovations keep on track.
    David xx

  28. Claire Sutton February 4, 2010 at 10:40 am -  Reply

    Hi Mary,
    It is fabulous that they have these experiences isn’t it, but yes good idea not to drop him off, will be deemed un-cool I guess! I never went skiing, as a dancer my contract often stipulated it was out of bounds, mind you at a tender age I bruised SOOOO badly on the dry slopes at Rawtenstall that it put me off, though Dan would love to go, so….never say never!
    A paint job huh? A mere paint job, oh, to just have a paint job!!!!! Can’t wait for that bit, but a long way off, you know I’m Mrs Impatient, so this is such torture.
    Hope you cope with one of the brood away.
    Love C xxx

  29. Claire Sutton February 4, 2010 at 10:42 am -  Reply

    I LOVED the poem it was great, and I did laugh. Miss Greenwood got her mitts on it and read it out which you obviously heard! It’s up in my messy dressing room and makes me smile. The legs ached after the 3 minute trainer, so that’s good it really worked!
    Miserable wet day here.
    Enjoy yours!
    Love Claire x

  30. Lorraine Littlejohn March 3, 2010 at 10:44 pm -  Reply

    Dear Claire,
    It’s always lovely to see you on QVC and you never seem to age! I remember you visiting Waterfield many years ago before your mum retired from teaching but l have not seen you since apart from watching you on QVC of course.I am a huge fan of both Dawn Bibby and Liz Earle which are the only shows l tend to tune into, but l am sometimes lucky enough to see you at the same time if you are presenting.
    I had lunch with your mum in January, and we caught up on each other’s news. She told me you were having alot of work done on your home. My oh my how Tom, Joe and Maddy have grown. There is a strong posibility l may be supporting two lovely young girls who have downs syndrome in September and if so l would consider myself priveledged. I am smiling as l recall a story your mum told me about Tom over filling the kitchen sink one day when he was younger. Such memories become so precious as our children grow. I recently found a hand drawn picture my son Daniel (now 28) drew when he was 7, of my sister when she was pregnant complete with umbilical cord and everything – needless to say he was very embarassed and asked why l had kept it. I replied that it was a memento of his youth that l kept along with others belonging to his brothers and sister including Jamie whose few belongings l do have mean the world to me. I wonder if l show it to your mum when l see her next if whe would give him a jelly crocodile (a school memory both Daniel and Donna remember very well)?
    Personally l hope this year is not similar to last year but l am certainly embracing change, regaining positivity and having a good old cleanse! So far, so good!
    I do wish you, Dan, Tom, Joe and Maddy all the best in your newly renovated home and a happy and prosporous 2010!
    Lorraine Lj. x

  31. claire sutton March 8, 2010 at 10:45 am -  Reply

    Lorraine, how fab to hear from you, Mummy said she had seen you in January. I canT believe Daniel is now 28!!! was it his baby i cuddled or Donna`s, I`m sure it was soon after one of mine was born…I think there`s been a few since then. Those Jelly crocodiles, I too used to get them, after I`d tidied her desk or her messy top drawer!!! yummm. I know what you mean about the speed they `re all growing, Tom is so grown up and is so helpful…inbetween the attitude moments of a soon to be 9 year old!! You`ll perhaps experience that if you work with the girls you mentioned! I can`t believe my once tiny little floppy helpless bundle is so superb! Even with all the clearing we have done moving in and out of everywhere, all the special things are saved , I know how terribly precious Jamie`s things will always be to you…how sad life can be Lorraine, yet i know you`ve done so brilliantly moving along with life..never ever forgetting. ..Thankyou so much for your good wishes for the house, it`s so thrilling now, I`m getting really excited, desperate to get in there, but that is a little eager just yet!!
    It`s Northern Nights for me next so i had better say farewell for now, hope to see you with Liz and Dawn soon! Lots of love, Claire xx

  32. Mel April 6, 2010 at 9:01 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire,
    Sorry for writing so late into the year with your Happy New Year wishes. But I have the same habit of re-reading my old dairies at certain . days in the past years and compare it with the current year. Then I wonder whether life has really moved along!! Sometimes it has and sometimes it hasn’t – but at least life is an interesting journey. I dont believe in New Years Resolutions, but one thing I do try and do (sometimes it works and sometimes it doesnt!) is to do something at least once a month that I havent done before – go to Paris for Lunch for example, go to Ladies Day (for which I cannot wait for). Anyhow I also wanted to write that you always make me smile whenever I remember to read your blogs. I hope the house, is moving along nicely (have you tried free-recycle both for requesting items and saving a trip to the tip). Twinkles (if I remember correctly) – I hope she has settled in well and not climbing everything. I imagine the children are loving everything and finding new things to enjoy as children always do!!
    Anyhow, take care and have fun
    Love Mel

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